For folks who enjoy crafts and other handmade projects, consider Cathy's Flower House kit ($42.95). This highly detailed Robotime greenhouse, which sits about 9 inches tall, includes tiny furniture, paintings, plants and even a battery-operated LED to illuminate the finished creation. Lots of assembly is required, but it could be a fun project to work on with older grandchildren. Visitors going only to the gift shop do not need to pay an admission fee.
Available at Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, Botanica Gift Shop & Greenhouse, 1777 E. Broad St., Columbus; 614-715-8000; fpconservatory.org.
These “Words” tiles ($5 per letter) from Columbus-based Pearl Alley Emporium are as lovely as they are functional. Use them individually as coasters, grouped into a trivet or just spell a word or name as a decoration.
Available at Urban Emporium, 2260 E. Main St., Bexley; 614-453-2049; shopurbanemporium.com.
A Stately Idea
If Grandma and Grandpa are lifelong residents of the Buckeye State, this first-ever replica of the Ohio Statehouse ($74) would make a special gift. The detailed re-creation—even individual windowpanes and skylights are visible—sits on a wooden base and comes in a sturdy gift box.
Available at the Statehouse Museum Shop, 1 Capitol Square, Columbus; 614-728-9234; statehouseshop.com.